0 RFU Head Groundsman Keith Kent to offer flood support

5835518 largeRFU head groundsman Keith Kent will drop in on Avon RFC today as part of a series of visits to rugby clubs who have been affected by the recent flooding.

The Hicks Field ground in Batheaston was under several feet of water when the Avon burst its banks in January but has staged league matches since, including Saturday's home defeat to Bristol Harlequins.

Kent is the head groundsman at Twickenham but has taken time out from his busy Six Nations schedule to offer practical advice to clubs such as Avon.

He will start his tour of the south there before travelling to see the flood damage at Bromyard RFC in Herefordshire and Stourport-on-Severn in Worcestershire.

Tomorrow, Kent will start the day at Eton Manor RFC in Wanstead followed by a visit to Romford and Gidea Park RFC, another Essex club. His day will end in Kent at Tonbridge Juddians RFC.

Kent's final day of visits to flood-damaged concludes on Thursday when he will advise officials at Weybridge Vandals in Surrey, Portsmouth RFC in Hampshire and Wallingford RFC in Oxford.

All the clubs that Kent will visit have been identified by the RFU's team of area facilities managers as being in need of support.

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